The only LGBT politician in the state of Pennsylvania recently shared some homophobic mail his office has received. He is known for his colorful welcome of Mike Pence to Philadelphia with the one finger salute. “I put myself in a lot of situations where I know homophobia already exists,” Sims explains. In a recent interview with The Advocate is once again finding him in the headlines, with his comments about misogyny and homophobia.
Sims is an openly gay Democrat and a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. But the legislator compares homophobia and misogyny and explains that some people are marginalized but that doesn’t make them an advocate for others facing similar obstacles. “The same mind that thinks gay is wrong is a mind that already thinks that women are lesser, that femininity is weak. And so, what I see is most homophobia is really anger at a person because their sexuality veers from what somebody [else thinks] it should be…”
Sims explains that he serves with many closeted members and believes that some of the most intense misogyny against women comes from gay men. “I serve with over a dozen closeted members, whom I would never identify to anybody else, and when I joined the legislature, many of them were co-sponsors of anti-LGBT bills. Some of the most intense misogyny I see towards women comes from gay men. Whereas I would think that living a life where others marginalize you would teach you how to combat marginalization and how to recognize it, oftentimes, it teaches people how to be good at it themselves.”